Not much going on here. I am finishing up the semester of school this week and it has kept me really busy. One presentation on Saturday and I am done with this Semester. Only one more to go!!
I have not been on the bike at all since my Half Iron. Last weekend, I finally got around to fixing her up. I replaced the base bar I bent the night before the half and added some new red camo tape to it. I also swapped out the headset back to the more aggressive manufacturers one. I knew I have wanted to be in a more aggressive position. I rode on it quickly while I was setting it up and it feels ok. I still may need to take it back into the shop for my free refit.
My weight training is going ok. It would be better if I can get more consistent. Once I get back from the cruise we are going on soon, I will be back to training consistently. I plan on taking the strength band with me on the cruise, and I know the cruise ship has a gym as well. Sunday we did a fitness pilates class at the gym and it was brutal. I was sore in odd places. My abs hurt for days. I definitely plan on going back. It fits right into my plan for training smarter in 2009. A little bit of core help will go along way come 70.3 time.
My sprained ankle is like 90 percent healed. It only hurts occasionally when I bend it the wrong way. My achilles tendonitis is under control and I think I may be close to the root cause. I still get a little bit of popping when I flex it, but otherwise it is good. I ran today for the first time in about a month. It felt pretty good. No pain, but I was out of breath and my HR was way too high for 6 mph. I did a total of 3 miles as a run walk in about 35 minutes.
I have swam several times in the past week.On Thursday, I did a swim test. I did 300 warmup and then 3*300 with 2 minute rest followed by a 300 cool down. My average for the 3*300 was 1:52 which is seriously slow. I did a 2500 yard swim set on Saturday. By Monday my shoulder was achy. It is fine now.
With the shoulder and achilles, I really believe these are issues with tight muscles. I have been reading alot about trigger points and have been working through them. I have even dropped a hint to santa that I would like the Trigger point set for Christmas. I think that set would work better for me then the tennis ball
I have about 2 months before my official 70.3 training starts. My goal for these next two months is to build back a base and build back some speed while staying injury free. Then I start my 70.3 training in mid-February. I am using the minimalist training plan that was in Triathlete magazine last month. Since I will be taking 4 classes, I just dont think I will have the time to do 2-a-days all week. I may add some additional training in as I see fit, but for the most part I will stick to it. For Miami Man I plan on training hard and training often. My training starts just before the end of spring semester. Once I am done with school, I will be able to really train hard.